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  • New era begins with Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee Play Video

    April 17, 2014 9:09 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Richard Lee was sworn in as the new mayor of Port Allen Tuesday. He joined us on 2une In Thursday to talk about his vision for the future of the city. Lee's swearing in signals the end of nearly a year of constant fighting and scandal... more »
  • Brusly mayor, council in disbelief over chief resignation Play Video

    April 14, 2014 9:55 PM

    BRUSLY - The mayor and city council went behind closed doors Monday night at the request of Asst. District Attorney Tony Clayton, to discuss investigative proceedings regarding allegations of misconduct. The executive session lasted for about 45 min. Brusly Police Chief Jamie Whaley announced plans to resign from... more »
  • New mayor, chief elected in Central

    April 5, 2014 10:46 PM

    CENTRAL- Voters elected a new mayor and police chief and began to fill their town council during an election Saturday. "Jr." Shelton was elected mayor with 59% of the vote and James Salsbury was elected chief with 52% of the vote. About 7600 people cast a ballot. "Shane"... more »
  • Central mayoral candidates prepping for election Play Video

    April 4, 2014 4:32 PM

    CENTRAL - Both Central mayoral candidates worked hard Friday to make sure voters will turn out for Saturday's election. Candidate Jr. Shelton made house visits around the city while Dave Freneaux made calls to voters from work. "It's the day that you still shore up your support, you're... more »
  • Mayoral candidate faces animal cruelty charges Play Video

    March 14, 2014 5:52 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayoral candidate Larry Bell is out of jail after he was arrested for one count of animal cruelty recently. Four of Larry Bell's horses were taken by West Baton Rouge Animal Control almost two weeks ago. Richard Summers with WBAC says this is an ongoing problem... more »
  • Port Allen fixes previous mayor, council issues

    March 12, 2014 10:32 PM

    PORT ALLEN- City leaders made changes to how city government operates in the wake of a debacle involving former mayor Deedy Slaughter. Wednesday night, the city council approved a clarification about who is a city department head. While she was mayor, Slaughter often debated with some members of the... more »
  • Officials consider change to Zachary gun law Play Video

    February 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits. The ordinance was intended for rural areas before the city began to expand. After a couple of complaints about gunshot noises, the council and mayor are considering... more »
  • Recalled mayor wants her job back

    February 14, 2014 2:38 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Deedy Slaughter, the former controversial mayor of this West Baton Rouge town and the subject of a successful recall by city voters, has decided to run again for mayor. According to the Secretary of State's online database, Slaughter filed documents Friday- Valentine's Day. It appears she'll campaign... more »
  • Jurors find Nagin guilty of 20 out of 21 counts

    February 12, 2014 11:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Jurors returned a guilty verdict against former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin Wednesday in his federal corruption trial. The jury made the announcement after just over six hours of deliberation, according to WDSU in New Orleans. Nagin faced a 21-count indictment and was found guilty... more »
  • Nagin takes stand in federal trial

    February 6, 2014 12:04 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has taken the stand to defend himself in his federal corruption trial. Nagin began his testimony by discussing his relationship with Rodney Williams. Williams was the first witness for the prosecution when the trial began last week. Four others followed,... more »
  • Port Allen looking to pass new laws Play Video

    February 5, 2014 5:21 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Port Allen council members plan to discuss two new ordinances that would add transparency with the future mayor of the city. This comes after former mayor Dee Dee Slaughter was recalled in November. Council members say they want clearer laws when it comes to city... more »
  • Former cop wants to clean up Port Allen

    February 3, 2014 10:57 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A former Baton Rouge Police officer wants to turn things around on the other side of the river. Richard Lee said he will run to be mayor of Port Allen. Lee is a third generation resident of the city that has seen its share of controversy recently... more »
  • Mayor Mitch Landrieu wins in a landslide

    February 2, 2014 10:12 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - After four years of police reforms, revamps of city contracts and stepped-up efforts to clean up lingering Hurricane Katrina blight, Mitch Landrieu calls his landslide victory for a second term as New Orleans' mayor a clear message from voters to keep moving forward. Landrieu captured 64 percent... more »
  • Mayor blasts St. George incorporation attempts Play Video

    January 8, 2014 5:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor Kip Holden came out swinging against any incorporation efforts for the proposed city of St. George. Holden talked about economic highlights of the past year during his annual State of the Parish address, and also spoke of the decrease in the... more »
  • Many without gas due to record cold temps Play Video

    January 7, 2014 5:52 PM

    ZACHARY - Record breaking temperatures are taking their toll on Zachary's gas pipelines. Residents are experiencing low gas pressure throughout the city. Mayor David Amrhein said it's from a combination of the cold and meeting the demand of a growing city. Some Zachary residents went without heat, hot water,... more »
  • Port Allen's interim mayor ready to pass budget Play Video

    December 17, 2013 9:46 PM

    PORT ALLEN - An empty seat in Port Allen has been filled, for now. Gov. Bobby Jindal chose a former mayor of Port Allen to fill the vacated seat when Deedy Slaughter was recalled last month. Marilynn "Lynn" Bergeron Robertson of Port Allen served as mayor from 1993 to... more »
  • Port Vincent police chief resigns

    December 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    PORT VINCENT- The police chief of Port Vincent resigned Tuesday after receiving several complaints from residents. Mayor David Carter tells WBRZ News 2 that Daryl Averett stepped down as police chief Tuesday night after a private meeting between him, the mayor, and Mayor Pro Tem Johnnie Page. During the... more »
  • Baker's police chief and mayor feud over budget Play Video

    December 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    BAKER - The mayor and police chief of Baker are up in arms over the city's reduced budget. Chief Mike Knaps wants to hire new officers to fill vacant positions, but the mayor won't allow it. Right now the police department is down one patrol officer and three... more »
  • Slaughter to leave office today

    November 25, 2013 7:34 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter has until 4:30pm Monday to vacate her office at City Hall. Voters supported Slaughter's recall earlier this month in a record-setting special election. She has been the focus of several reports by the News 2 investigative unit, which uncovered possible wrongdoing during... more »
  • Recall petition filed against Sorrento mayor

    November 22, 2013 10:15 AM

    SORRENTO- A pair of residents took the first steps Friday to recall Mayor Mike Lambert. Brain Sisk, chairman of the effort, and Donald Trabeaux, his co-chair, walked into the Secretary of State's office this morning to begin the petition. The pair can now officially collect the 348 signatures... more »
  • Port Allen council to address budget issue

    November 18, 2013 7:39 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money. In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
  • Early votes show little support for Port Allen mayor

    November 16, 2013 8:04 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The first round of results of the recall election involving this city's mayor show early voters want Deedy Slaughter out. Voting for the recall were 1,094 registered voters. Voting against the recall were 548 against. A total of 1,642 voters voted early, a town record. That... more »
  • Sorrento meeting provides more sparks than solutions Play Video

    November 16, 2013 1:24 PM

    SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide on the future of the town's police department. Sorrento currently has only one quote on the table to provide insurance for the police department and an offer from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to step... more »
  • Sparks fly at special meeting in Sorrento

    November 16, 2013 12:32 PM

    SORRENTO - Sparks flew in Sorrento Saturday morning at a special meeting to decide the future of the Sorrento Police Department. Council members tabled discussions until Nov. 19 -- the same day the police department's current liability insurance ends. The town currently has one insurance quote on the... more »
  • Another fiery Port Allen council meeting Play Video

    November 13, 2013 9:41 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Voters in Port Allen will head to the polls this weekend without a 2013-2014 city budget. Mayor Deedy Slaughter vetoed the budget Nov. 4 after some council members added an amendment that left out items the mayor wanted. Wednesday night, the council met to consider overriding... more »
  • Some voters undecided in mayoral recall Play Video

    November 13, 2013 4:05 PM

    PORT ALLEN - With just three days before voters in Port Allen will head to the polls for the first recall election in West Baton Rouge Parish history, some voters are still undecided about how they'll vote. The city has been divided since News 2 began investigating Mayor Deedy... more »
  • Mayor: Turner Field to be demolished in 2017

    November 12, 2013 9:01 AM

    ATLANTA - Atlanta's mayor says the city will demolish Turner Field after the Braves leave for a new stadium in the suburbs in 2017. Mayor Kasim Reed said Tuesday during a press conference that the stadium will not be left vacant after the team starts playing at a new field... more »
  • Early voting ends Saturday

    November 7, 2013 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Saturday, November 9, is the last day for early voting in the November 16 election. There are a number of municipal elections and the runoff for Congress in the 5th district on the ballot. Early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily... more »
  • Record early voting turnout for WBR

    November 4, 2013 12:10 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Early voting numbers in West Baton Rouge Parish set a one-day record Saturday. Registrar Stacy Ryan says 618 people voted in person for the Port Allen mayor recall election, with another 31 ballots sent in by mail. Ryan said that's 16 percent of the registered... more »
  • NYC: be 21 to buy cigarettes

    October 30, 2013 8:19 PM

    NEW YORK CITY - The New York City Council passed a bill to raise the age to 21 for buying tobacco products. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the new age requirement will prevent teens from smoking cigarettes, helping save lives in the process. Bloomberg has promised to sign the... more »
  • Don't knock here! City passes new sales law

    October 28, 2013 11:01 PM

    GONZALES- City leaders here got tough on door-to-door salespeople. After Monday night's vote, and passing of a new law, peddlers will need a special permit. They would also need to wear identification. People complained about solicitors and asked city leaders to do something. However, some people are... more »
  • Mayor Slaughter to veto new budget Play Video

    October 23, 2013 10:24 PM

    PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council voted to pass a 2013-2014 city budget they've been waiting on for almost four months. But Mayor Deedy Slaughter said Wednesday if the budget was passed with an amendment, she would veto the legislation. Slaughter said she received an amendment... more »
  • Judge rejects Nagin bid for dismissal

    October 18, 2013 12:21 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has refused to dismiss criminal charges against former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Nagin's lawyer earlier this week had asked that Nagin's indictment on bribery charges be thrown out, arguing that the case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct. Defense attorney Robert Jenkins had said... more »
  • Still no budget in Port Allen Play Video

    October 9, 2013 10:35 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the Port Allen City Council met Wednesday night to discuss matters focusing on a new city budget. The $9.7 million budget is mimicked from a prior version written by the mayor. Changes made include adjustments to budgeting for capitol outlay, drainage and... more »
  • Port Allen leaders question mayor about budget plans Play Video

    October 2, 2013 9:34 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Mayor Deedy Slaughter lent a listening ear to the Port Allen City Council, who brought forth questions and concerns about the 2013-2014 budget. Wednesday night, the mayor spoke very little about the budget, but said there will be more discussion next week. Mayor Slaughter introduced... more »
  • Zachary speed cameras gone in November Play Video

    September 30, 2013 10:13 PM

    ZACHARY - A controversial speed camera along Hwy. 19 in Zachary is on it's way out. The city and Redflex, the company who owns the traffic camera, will end the contract November 22. Those who drive through Zachary, are weary of the cameras. "As soon as you... more »
  • Another city plans to get tough on door-to-door sales Play Video

    September 23, 2013 10:25 PM

    GONZALES - For years, solicitors in Ascension Parish have not had guidelines for door-to-door sales. Mayor Barney Arceneaux says lately, there have been an increase in solicitors and new rules are necessary for the city of Gonzales. At the next city council meeting, the city will propose a new... more »
  • Port Allen divided over approval of mayor's recall election Play Video

    September 20, 2013 9:49 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A political divide continues here, after the governor announced the date of a recall election for the town's mayor. Friday, Governor Bobby Jindal signed an order setting the date for Nov. 16. People against Mayor Deedy Slaughter got enough signatures for the recall. "I don't... more »
  • Port Allen mayor vetoes city ordinance Play Video

    September 20, 2013 6:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Deedy Slaughter used her veto power to strike down a ordinance passed by the city council last month that could affect some of the higher-paid city employees, and the Mayor's own $20,000 pay raise. At the center of the ongoing fight between Slaughter and some... more »
  • Work finally gets done in Port Allen

    September 11, 2013 9:51 PM

    PORT ALLEN - City business was taken care of Wednesday night, with an agenda containing salary talks and Port Allen's budget. Before diving into the agenda, Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the council went behind closed doors into an executive session to discuss three separate lawsuits involving the City of... more »
  • Trial involving Port Allen mayor pushed back

    September 11, 2013 11:46 AM

    PORT ALLEN - City officials said a bench trial involving Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter and Chief Financial Officer Audrey McCain has been continued in hopes the two sides can come to an agreement outside the courtroom. Judge Alvin Batiste delayed the trial from Sept. 19 and 20 to... more »
  • Leaders' vote seems to support cameras, but future still uncertain

    September 10, 2013 10:43 PM

    ZACHARY- The future of controversial speed cameras here is still up-in-the-air after a confusing decision by the town council Tuesday night. Leaders voted no on an agenda item that would have let the contract lapse, and not be renewed. But, despite a vote that essentially supported the camera system,... more »
  • Contract for red light cameras up for renewal Play Video

    September 10, 2013 6:41 PM

    ZACHARY - The lunchtime traffic flows a little slower along Highway 19 in Zachary, drivers seemingly wary of the traffic camera catching all speeders without prejudice. "The ones in Zachary don't bother me at all," Vicki Barry said. "I think they're a good idea. They keep people from speeding... more »
  • Port Allen residents frustrated by back-to-back mayoral trouble Play Video

    September 9, 2013 10:27 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Some in Port Allen say they have had enough and want a mayor who's not cloaked in controversy. "It's very embarrassing," lifelong resident Walt Braud said. "I've gone down as far as Houma, Louisiana, and people have heard about Port Allen and just that we are... more »
  • Governor seeking AG's opinion on mayoral recall

    September 9, 2013 5:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson for Governor Bobby Jindal said today they asked for an Attorney General's opinion over the certified petition to recall Port Allen's mayor. Sean Lansing said they would ask the AG Buddy Caldwell's office to render an opinion on the validity of the signatures. ... more »
  • Announcement today on Port Allen mayoral recall

    September 9, 2013 11:53 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Election officials said they'll have an announcement Monday afternoon about the recently-submitted petition to recall Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. Organizers of the petition turned in their collected signatures last week to the Registrar of Voters in West Baton Rouge Parish. It was the first time... more »
  • Signatures certified for recall election of Port Allen Mayor

    September 9, 2013 9:40 AM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Parish Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan turned in names to Governor Jindal today certifying signatures for a recall election for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. More than 1,400 names were turned in last Tuesday. Over the course of the week, Ryan had help... more »
  • Anger management counseling for Independence mayor

    September 6, 2013 9:07 AM

    HAMMOND- Independence Mayor Michael Ragusa will enter a pre-trial diversion program, including anger management counseling, for charges stemming from August 2012 when he allegedly threatened a police officer. According to The Daily Star of Hammond, the agreement signed by Ragusa and Louisiana Assistant Attorney General Kurt Wall requires Ragusa to... more »
  • Gonzales Police Chief calls out councilmen Play Video

    September 4, 2013 5:37 PM

    GONZALES - The chief of Gonzales' police department recently called out members of the city council who he said were standing in the way of progress. "I don't know if they're being rebellious, I'm not sure of what direction they want to head, but I can tell you, we're... more »
  • Recall petition filed against Port Allen council member

    September 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Citizens of Port Allen filed a petition to recall a member of the city council today, one day after signatures to recall the city's mayor were filed with the state. Today's petition seeks the recall of R. J. Loupe, an at-large council member who also served... more »
  • History made as organizers turn in recall petition Play Video

    September 3, 2013 8:28 AM

    PORT ALLEN - For the first time in West Baton Rouge Parish history, a petition to recall an elected official was turned in Tuesday morning to the Registrar of Voters Stacy Ryan. The petition targets Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter. Deloris Kibby and Millie Jackson are the chairwomen of... more »
  • Reward offered for tips in NO toddler's death

    August 30, 2013 4:37 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and his police chief are appealing for the public's help in finding the person or people responsible for the shooting death of a 13-month-old girl. The child was being held by an 18-year-old baby sitter who was wounded in the Thursday night... more »
  • Update: Signatures to be delivered in mayoral recall

    August 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    PORT ALLEN - People in Port Allen are one step closer to a possible recall election against Mayor Deedy Slaughter. This morning, a letter was hand delivered to the Registrar of Voter's Office indicating intent for a recall election. The Mayor was also sent a certified copy of the... more »
  • Ethics: Former Kenner mayor must pay late fee

    August 19, 2013 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The State Ethics Board says former Kenner Mayor Phil Capitano must pay for the late filing of a campaign finance report. The board, according to The Times-Picayune, declined Friday to waive the fee and Capitano owes $600. Capitano, who lost a race to Mike Yenni in 2010,... more »
  • Fire truck fiasco: shiny truck latest victim of Port Allen drama Play Video

    August 13, 2013 10:33 PM

    PORT ALLEN - Fire fighters at Fire Station 1 in Port Allen welcomed a new Ferrara fire truck to their fleet Tuesday morning. But, it was not met without controversy. For hours after its arrival, there was no money to pay the insurance on the truck, so it was... more »
  • Bloomberg vows appeal of 'stop and frisk' verdict

    August 12, 2013 1:15 PM

    NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is vowing to appeal a federal judge's ruling that the New York Police Department violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers with its stop-and-frisk policy. Bloomberg said at a news conference Monday that the judge displayed a "disturbing disregard" for... more »
  • Central's first, only mayor not seeking re-election

    August 8, 2013 10:39 AM

    CENTRAL - Mayor Mac Watts of Central announced today he will not seek re-election next April. Watts is the city's first and only mayor. He was appointed in 2007 by Gov. Kathleen Blanco to serve as interim mayor while Central incorporated, then won back-to-back elections to remain in office.... more »
  • Port Allen Mayor ordered to stand trial for meddling

    July 31, 2013 10:34 AM

    PORT ALLEN - A judge ordered Mayor Deedy Slaughter to stand trial over accusations she continued to interfere with the work of Port Allen's chief financial officer after being specifically ordered not to. Judge Alvin Batiste said despite arguments by the mayor's attorneys there were enough issues of material... more »
  • Mayor: BRPD Chief announcement Wednesday

    July 30, 2013 12:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor Kip Holden's office said he will announce his selection for the next chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department at a press conference tomorrow morning. Holden confirmed last week that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and... more »
  • Holden: Decision on BRPD chief expected next week

    July 23, 2013 3:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mayor-President Kip Holden today said he expects to decide who will lead the Baton Rouge Police Department by this time next week. Holden confirmed today that the three finalists for the position were interim chief Carl Dabadie, Capt. Noel Salamoni, and Capt. Carl Dunn, all currently... more »
  • City of Sulphur going paperless

    July 22, 2013 11:43 AM

    SULPHUR - City government in Sulphur is going paperless. Mayor Chris Duncan tells the Lake Charles American Press that the Sulphur City Council went paperless for the first time in its Monday meeting. The city's Land Use Commission had gone paperless in two meetings to test the concept. The city... more »
  • Mayor files injunction against parish roads tax

    July 18, 2013 4:59 PM

    NEW ROADS - The mayor of New Roads filed today to have a judge stop the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury from doubling the millage rates for people in the city. Mayor Robert Myer said in a press release the increase was "unconstitutional" and "unfair" for the people of... more »
  • At tense meeting, board puts brakes on CATS changes

    July 16, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Feisty members of the CATS board vowed not to resign and urged people to stop harassing them about the controversial selection of an outside management firm that might be hired to run the bus system. Tuesday, the board was set to decide on selecting one from a... more »
  • City leaders plan CATS coup

    July 16, 2013 4:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- City leaders, including the mayor, believe mismanagement at CATS is cause to have the entire board tossed to the curb. Councilman Chandler Loupe has submitted an agenda item for an upcoming Metro Council meeting to begin removing Isaiah Marshall from the CATS board. Loupe said in his... more »
  • Ordinance expected to set Slaughter's pay at $85k

    July 9, 2013 11:02 PM

    PORT ALLEN- The mayor's pay will likely be discussed at a town council meeting Wednesday evening, since it is on the agenda. An ordinance is expected to be introduced to set Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary at about $85,000. She is currently collecting that amount despite that the council reduced... more »
  • City leaders try to move forward after Port Allen ruling

    July 3, 2013 10:53 AM

    PORT ALLEN - Both Mayor Deedy Slaughter and the three City Council members who sued her over several actions she's taken since assuming office claimed wins after a judge's decision late last night. Judge Alvin Batiste ruled the council did not properly reduce the mayor's salary from $84,960 to... more »
  • Sorrento gets new mayor Play Video

    July 2, 2013 6:02 PM

    SORRENTO - Mike Lambert will be sworn in as Sorrento's newest mayor tonight, alongside three new council people. It ends an era of former Mayor Wilson Longanecker, Jr., who caused controversy when he took extended leaves of absence and held executive sessions during council meetings. Now Lambert wants... more »
  • Judge denies mistrial request by mayor's attorney Play Video

    July 2, 2013 5:18 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A judge denied a mistrial request by the attorney for Port Allen Mayor Deedy Slaughter in today's hearing over a lawsuit filed by three city council members. Ron Johnson made the motion after the judge signed an order requiring Slaughter stop interfering with Chief Financial Officer... more »
  • No budget, mayor escorted out by police Play Video

    June 26, 2013 10:24 PM

    PORT ALLEN - A special council meeting, scheduled for Wednesday night in Port Allen to talk about Mayor Deedy Slaughter's proposed budget, failed to do what it was set to finalize. The council did not settle on a motion that would publicly discuss Slaughter's city budget plan. The Council... more »

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